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in which a vietnam war veteran has been holding a five- year-old lawyer hostage. jimmy lee dykes kidnapped the little boy last tuesday -- five- year-old little boy hostage. jimmy lee dykes kidnapped the little boy last tuesday. yesterday, law enforcement officials raided the bunker. >> a 7-day standoff came to an abrupt end when the fbi stormed an underground bunker here in rural alabama. officers raided the bunker and rescued the boy within seconds after negotiations with his captor, jimmy lee dykes, broke down. dykes was confirmed dead, though no details were given. the boy known only as ethan was described as physically unharmed and taken to a local hospital. ethan's ordeal began last tuesday when dykes boarded his school bus and demanded two boys between the ages of six and eight. the driver, chuck poland, blocked his path and was shot dead. dykes then grabbed ethan. the 65-year-old vietnam veteran was described by neighbors as an angry man.he patrolled his property with a gun. he was facing a court case for threatening neighbors. he was said by one to have beaten her dog to death. dur
that's been going on. jimmy lee dykes is the suspect. we've been informed by authorities there's been a major development in this case. that's about the only way they will classify what's happened. we have noted there's been some significant activity taking place on site. we saw two ambulances go and then leave the property. they didn't have their lights on. we've also seen clusters of authorities on site as well. all of this of course unusual from what weem been watching over the past several days. and then we've been told there's going to be a news conference and a fairly significant one in just a few minutes. there was a news conference that was held earlier today. it was by the local sheriff. and he insinuated for the first time there could be a motive to all this. listen to what he had to say. >> i can't really comment on anything specific. the communications, anything like that, that's been going on. what i can say generally is based on our discussion with mr. dykes, he feels like he has a story that's important to him. although it's very complex. we tried to make a safe environ
-old jimmy lee dykes stopped a school bus, shot the driver, killed him, and took a random kindergarten on the bunker on his property. now, neighbors describe the vietnam veteran as a survivalist and a menace to the community who had a history of threatening people. our victor blackwell is about a half a mile away from the bunker tonight. victor, i know this has been a very troubling and disturbing the story, because now another 24 hours have gone by. there have been few developments in terms of whether this little boy will be freed. what can you tell us more about this suspect? >> reporter: well, we've spoken with more than a few people in this community who have had run-ins with jimmy lee dykes, and i can tell you that he's not well thought of in this community. they tell us stories of shouting at them, allegedly shooting at them. they say he patrolled his property between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. with a flashlight and a shotgun and threatened to shoot anyone or anything that came on to his property. one woman we spoke with said she never even knew the man's name, she just spoke of him as t
-old jimmy lee dykes is holding the boy in an underground bunker stocked with supplies. only means of communication through a narrow ventilation pipe. the boy is autistic. medication has though been delivered through the pipe and police say jimmy lee dykes grabbed him after shooting the boy's school bus driver. >>> a middle school student faces charges for a school yard shooting in atlanta. a 14-year-old was shot and wounded in the next thursday. the young gunman fired several rounds before an armedecurity guard was able to take away the weapon. police believe the two students had an altercation before the shooting. the victim was released from the hospital last night. >>> the country is remembering a national tragedy this morning. ten years since the space shuttle "columbia" disaster. bells will toll at space centers across the country at 9:16 a.m. the moment "columbia" broke apart on re-entry killing all five crew members over eastern texas during a teleconference with nasa, a group of high school science students in texas recalled what they saw and what they heard. >> i actually
in midland, alabama with a 65-year-old survivalist named jimmy lee dykes still who willing the five-year-old autistic child hostage in the underground bunker. on day five of this bizarre kidnapping jonathan serrie s on location. authorities just canceled the news conference they planned for right now. any idea why? >> authorities issued a written statement by e-mail saying that they simply did not have any new information to brief. so they canceled the in person briefing that they have been having every night often appearing before the cameras only to say that there is no information to rehe lease. instead, sending out the written statement to news organizations by e-mail, geraldo. >> geraldo: are they still in touch with dykes as far as you know? >> they are, indeed. that was one of the pieces of information that they did release in the written statement tonight say they are maintaining a line of communication 24 hours a day for any time the suspect wants to talk. that line of communication comes in the form of a pvc pipe that serves as an air vent from the surface down into that u
in this story has been saved by hraurplt. a loud boom was heard freeing him from his captor jimmy lee dykes. authorities say they felt he was in imminent danger yesterday afternoon. communication was clearly deteriorating and dykes was becoming agitated. last night we saw them sweeping the property checking for buried bombs as the investigation continues. this while the little boy was taken to a local hospital. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating; the things that you would expect a normal five- to six-year-old young man to do. he's very brave. he's very lucky. and his success story is that he's out safe and doing great. >> f.b.i. officials on the scene at flowers hospital say he is safe and okay. they didn't release any other details about his condition but they did say he was with his mother. as far as a motive in this, a sherrif did touch on it briefly during a press conference yesterday. he said dykes had a message he wanted to get out and that it was a complex message but he wouldn't elaborate anymore on the nature of that. neighbors describe him as a menacing fi
-old jimmy lee dykes is responsible for starting a hostage standoff after he shot and killed a 66-year-old bus driver and then kidnapped a 5-year-old boy on tuesday. this is a picture where police say dykes is holed up with the 5-year-old boy. to gabe gutierrez in midland city, alabama. fill us in on the most up-to-date information there. >> reporter: thomas, the standoff has been bizarre from the beginning and is dragging past 40 hours. this morning hostage negotiators have been talking with the suspect thank you a pvc pipe attached to an underground tornado bunker. officials say so far the 5-year-old hostage is unharmed. they're identifying him simply by his first name, ethan. he'll turn 6 in a few weeks. they have been able to bring ethan medicine for an unspecified medical condition and a coloring book to occupy his time. this standoff began tuesday afternoon. a police source close to the investigation says 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded several children come along with him. when the school bus driver refused, police say, dykes opened fire, sh
holding this 5-year-old boy, jimmy lee dykes, what can you tell us about him as an individual? >> reporter: well, neighbors from the very beginning describedloner with a deep distrust of government. we have been waiting to hear an exact motive. we know the day after the standoff began last wednesday, he was scheduled to be in court on a misdemeanor charge of menacing a neighbor. again, neighbors described him as a loner who had an extreme -- he really wanted to protect his property, they said. anytime somebody got close to the property, they felt they had a difficult interaction with him. we also know that he was a vietnam era veteran. nbc news confirmed that he even won several awards, including the vietnam service medal back in the '60s. but again jimmy lee dykes, we do not know his condition at this point, but we can report according to a source with the dale county sheriff's office here in alabama that the standoff is over after about 140 hours. again, we do not know the condition of those involved just yet. we hope to find that out within the next few minutes or so. >> that's a helpfu
surrounded. hostage negotiators have been talking regularly to the kidnapper, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes, through a ventilation pipe. >> it's an innocent kid. let him go back to his parents. he's crying for his parents and his grandparents and he does not know what's going on. >> reporter: police say the two are in a six by eight foot bunker four feet underground. >> i've actually seen the hole, the bunker that he's in now. he's got steps made out of cinder blocks going down to it. >> reporter: authorities say the veteran has enough supplies to last weeks. he is allowing the boy, described as a child with autism, to watch television and take medication sent down through that pipe. alabama state senator harri anne smith has been with the child's mother since the beginning of the standoff. >> ethan's mom did want me to convey a message to the community and the people of this area, that she's extremely grateful for all the prayers. that that's what's getting her through. >> reporter: the ordeal began tuesday, when the suspect stormed a school bus, demanding to remove children. a heroic bus
with supplies. ne gauche yarts talking with 65-year-old suspect jimmy lee dykes through a ventilation pipe. they do not believe the boy, who is autistic, has been harmed. dykes allegedly grabbed the boy after shooting his school bus driver on tuesday. >>> now the shuffle going on in president obama's cabinet. it usually happens at the start of a second term. today, the focus is on the foreign policy team. tahman bradley is watching the ever-changing lineup and joins us from washington with more. hi, tahman. >> reporter: hey, rob and sunny. a lot of action with president obama's cabinet. kerry is in at state, clinton is out. and chuck hagel, a republican, who you would think would be hailed as a bipartisan pick, is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oath of office today as secretary of state, replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a big question still lingering, will she run for president? >> i don't know how else to say it but i'm going get back into my life again. this is going to be new for me. i don't know how i'm going to react to it, to be honest. >> reporter
identify him as jimmy lee dykes, and police say that he shot and killed the bus driver who tried to shield his students. dykes and the boy are in an underground storm shelter on dykes' rural property. the police are talking to them through a ventilation pipe. overseas tonight, iran is reportedly planning to use new centrifuges that can enrich uranium more quickly. that could enable it to build an atomic bomb sooner than had been anticipated. the white house called this another provocative step, and we asked david martin to look into it. >> reporter: the 3,000 new centrifuges would take up to a year to install, so iran still has not crossed the threshold to a nuclear weapon. but to david albright, who closely monitors the iranian nuclear program, this is an ominous development. >> it's iran signaling that they're going to dramatically increase their capability to produce enriched uranium, and it's the thing that everyone's been fearing. >> reporter: the new centrifuges, which iran apparently has been able to produce despite international sanctions, could turn out enriched uranium at three t
lee dykes through a pipe. they say the boy is physically o-k. dykes was supposed to appear in court yesterday on charges he shot at his neighbors during an argument in december. he killed one of my doffed. he is the source selfs for a long time he has been left timebomb fifth film shot after refusing to hand over a child. a man suspected of a fatal off shooting has been found dead of it self of inflicted gun shot wound. he walked into a law office wednesday morning and after a dispute during a mediation session opened fire. a 30 year-old was killed. another attorney was critically injured. the body of an american pilot has been found off the coast of italy. air force captain lucas gruenther had been missing for three days. after his f-16 went down in the adriatic sea. he was on a training flight. captain gruenther is being remembered as a compassionate husband, a loving son and a devoted brother. attorneys for george zimmerman want a judge to push back his murder trial date from june to november. zimmerman is a former neighborhood watch volunteer. he's charged in the shooting death
-year-old jimmy lee dykes stormed a school bus in midland city on tuesday. he took a boy named ethan into a bunker. investigators say the boy has medicine, crayons, coloring books and a tv. negotiators have been talking to the man through a ventilation pipe in that bunker. >> it's pretty small. he's been known to stay in there eight days. we've been told. it's 4 foot underground. >> now, dykes is also accused of shooting and killing the school bus driver who refused to let him take the children. >>> today, we're keeping close tabs on the labor department. it will release its january jobs report this morning. economists expect the unemployment rate to stay at 7.8% for a third straight month according to fact set. they believe the economy added about 155,000 jobs last month. it will be an emotional day at the state of illinois department tod -- state department. she'll say goodbye to state department employees. john kerry will be sworn in this afternoon as her replacement. she says she knows she's leaving it in good hands. >>> the obama administration is ready to take a more active rol
him as 65- year-old jimmy lee dykes. >> we discovered that the suspect fled the scene with a small child. >> reporter: police believe dykes apparently shot the bus driver. he apparently built a bad reputation around town. >> i didn't talk to him, especially ar-- after he killed my dog. >> reporter: negotiators have confirmed they've had contact with the child. he doesn't appear to be hurt. >> we just want the whole world that theres this -- that hears this believing that this young child will be able to get home safe. >> reporter: now, in this homemade bunker, this bomb shelter, almost like a tornado shelter that you would put under the ground. apparently the suspect has electricity. he apparently has a television. so fbi investigators have asked us to be careful about certain video that we show in case he's watching news coverage that they don't make this situation any more tense than it is. we're in the second full day of this. >> craig boswell loining us live from alabama. thank you for the update. >>> controversial the comments. >>> plus -- going on right now, the confirmation
-old boy hostage. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes stormed a school bus in midland city on tuesday. he's accused of shooting and killing the bus driver who refused to let him take the children. he did end up taking a boy named ethan into that bunker. investigators say the boy has his medicine, crayons, coloring books and a tv to keep him calm. >>> new developments in the deadly explosion in mexico city. right now, rescuers are searching through the rubble for survivors. a bomb exploded near the mexican oil company yesterday afternoon. it injured more than 100. investigators are trying to determine whether it was an explosion or an attack. >>> 5:35 right now. there was a hacking attack at the wall street journal. chinese hackers got into the system to monitor the coverage of china. since the a computer attack, they did an overhaul to bolster cyber security. "the new york times" announced chinese hackers stole employee passwords. the chinese government says it has nothing to do with the attacks on the times computers. >>> 5:30 now. the funeral arrangements for a civil rights pioneer have been anno
released the first picture of the man they say is responsible. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. the man believed to be holding hostage a boy with asberger's syndrome named ethan in an underground bunker. >> we understand he's got supplies there. he's got food there. but this is a young child five years old. has he got food that this child will eat? >> reporter: nbc news has confirmed dykes served in the u.s. navy in the 60s. he served various awards, a good conduct med methal and vietnam service medal. but on tuesday those honors seem very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus drive refused, plea say dykes shot and killed him and made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller says her kids got off that bus right before the shooting. >> i cannot believe if he got on that bus with the intentions of grabbing a 6 to 8-year-old, all he had to do was reach out and grab him. he let him clear the bus and get home before all this happened. >> reporter: meanwhile the visitation for the bus driver charles pollen junior is schedul
-old boy from his armed suspected captor, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. >> negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect. and there is no reason to believe that the child has been harmed. >> reporter: police say the two are in a 6 x 8 bunker four feet under ground. the suspect may have food and supplies to remain underground for weeks. dykes has been speaking with police through a pvc pipe from the bunker to the surface. one neighbor says he has been at the bunker. >> he has steps made out of cinder blocks, going down to it. at the time he had doors made out of plywood. two sheet of plywood nailed together. i asked him, i said, you know what are you using it for? he said, my storm shelter. where i used to live at the storms used to come through a lot. >> reporter: police say the boy has mild autism and the suspect allowed the child to have his medication. >> he is crying for his parents and his grandparents and he does not know what is going on. let this kid go. >> reporter: the shaken community is praying for the little boy's life. his pastor consoling many children that
that officers after speaking to neighbors and acquaintances of jimmy lee dykes described him as strongly anti-government in his views, as you said anti-america, whatever that may mean and he also described him as a survivalist, which seems fairly obvious, given the bunker that he dug in his backyard. >> so we're familiar with the term survivalist from this show on table, "dooms day preppers." is this the kind of guy we're talking about? those people don't seem particularly dangerous. >> i think doomsday preppers tv show tends to feature all kinds of different people looking for various types. in reality the survivalist movement is dominated by people with extremely right wing views and fears and generally those fears center around what the government is going to do. these people very widely feel that government has very bad plans for the rest of us around the corner, that some catastrophe is looming. we saw the survivalist movement really take off in a couple of instances in the last few years one around the so-called y2k bug the fear that computers were going to collapse when the clocked rol
the first picture of the man they say is responsible. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. the man believed to be holding hostage a boy with asperger's syndrome named ethan in an underground bunker. >> he has supplies there and food there, but this is a young child, 5 years only has he got food that this child will eat? >> reporter: nbc news confirmed dykes served more than four years in the u.s. navy in the '60s and earned several awards, including a meritorious unit commendation, good conduct medal and vietnam service medal. but on tuesday, those honors seemed very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus driver refused, police say dykes shot and killed him. made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller says her kids got off that bus right before the shooting. >> i cannot believe -- if he got on that bus with the intentions of grabbing a 6 to 8-year-old, he let them clear the bus before this happened. >> reporter: visitation for the bus driver, charles poland jr., is scheduled for later today. his family says he loved his
is unharmed. on friday, investigators released this picture of the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. not only was he in the navy in the '60s, but he earned awards including the vietnam service medal. friday, police towed away the school bus from the crime scene. it had been there since tuesday afternoon when police say dykes boarded it as it was stopped, demanded a few children, and then shot and killed the bus driver when he wouldn't hand them over. since then, dykes has been holed up in an underground bunker nearby with a 5-year-old boy named ethan with asbupergeasper syndrome. officials have lowered medicine and coloring books for ethan through the pipe. the bus driver has been called a hero, and the funeral will be scheduled for later today. residents are hoping and praying for a peaceful resolution. lester? >> gabe gutierrez for us this morning. thank you. >>> and clint van zandt is a former fbi profiler and nbc news analyst. nice to have you here. >> hi, lester. good to be here. >> we understand this man has a television. so i have to be mindful -- we have to be mindful, we do
is described as hanging on by a thread. hostage negotiators have been communicating with suspects jimmy lee dykes through a four-inch-wide pvc pipe that runs 16 feet into the bunker where dykes remains with his 5-year-old captive. >> negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect, and there's no reason to believe the child has been harmed. >> reporter: the two have been underground since tuesday afternoon, when dykes stormed onto a school bus and shot driver charles poland jr. four times, killing him. according to published reports, poland held the gunman at the front of the bus while 21 children escaped out the back. the gunman grabbed two children but one managed to break free. he then kidnapped a boy now identified as ethan. the six foot by eight-foot space has electricity and supplies. police were able to develop food and medication to the boy who has special needs. he's also been able to watch television. reportedly dykes has asked for nothing while refusing to release the child. the fbi stays in contact with dykes during the day and lets him sleep at night.
on. >>> d >>> neighbors in midland city say jimmy lee dykes has been working on a bunker for more than a year now. he has stayed there for eight days at a time. the sheriff offered this update to reporters. >> i can tell you that negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect and there is no reason to believe that the child has been harmed. they ask that everybody continue to keep the child and the family and all who are part of this investigation in your prayers. >> george howell has been covering this from the beginning. there is no reason to believe that the child has been harmed, so what do we know about this child? >> when you try to talk about these investigators, they are very tightlipped, they only offer updates every so often, when they speak, everyone listens. at this point, what we know is exactly what we said this young boy remains physically unharmed, the most important we heard. and they were able to get this young boy, medications, daily medications that he needs, but he remains held up against his will inside that bunker. one person who knows about that bunke
is described as a tornado bunker. a close source to the investigation describes him as 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. a source describes him as survivalist who distrusts the government. and neighbors describe him as a loner, always menacing. >> this man has exhibited for years signs of instability. >> does he scare you? >> he terrified me. he was basically a ticking time bomb. >> reporter: on tuesday afternoon, the police source says the gunman boarded a stopped school bus near this church and demanded a few random children come with him. it's not clear why. the bus driver, 66-year-old charles poland junior refused to let any children go and when dykes shot poland multiple times killing him. as officers closed in, witnesses who shot this cell phone video say the suspect grabbed one of the children who had fainted and took the kindergartener to his property near by. the child has been identified simply by his first name, ethan. he turns 6 in a few weeks. in midland city, vigils wednesday night to pray for ethan and remember the bus driver. >> he's definitely a hero because he did everything he
in a bunker. police say 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes shot and killed a school bus driver, took the boy and remains underground with him. boy identified only as ethan will turn six wednesday. those are your headlines. now back to ashley. ashley: fox's lauren green. lauren, thanks so much. >>> another big week on tap for earnings with big consumer names from yum! brands to royal caribbean and clorox. that is a big name right there. tracy: everybody needs bleach. ashley: sandra smith looking up bleach and so much more in today's trade. sandra. >> tracy's right everybody needs bleach. now more than ever with this flu epidemic everybody is out there buying disinfectant wipes and everything that clorox makes to try to clean floors and the counters. clorox had a spectacular quarter. look at the stock. now topping 80 bucks. this is an all-time high for clorox. the stock has been on a roll. their sales were up. their profits were up 17% in the latest quarter. bucking the trend of a lot of forward-looking things from companies that we've heard, they have put a rosier forecast out for 2013. that
of that line of trees where this suspect here, mr. jimmy lee dykes, has built this underground bunker where he has taken this child after allegedly shooting this bus driver. remember, this started tuesday. we have an animation which shows what the bunker looks like that he built by himself about eight feet by six feet. it's covered over by four feet of dirt. so basically they're talking to this gentleman and listening to this little boy through a pvc pipe. people are trying to hold on to their focus and trying to not get frustrated with their lack of information, but they're holing on to hope that this man will release this five-year-old boy. >> he doesn't know what's going on. we know that he's crying for his mother and his grandparents. why the shooter does not release this young boy to his family is hard for me to understand. >> we're told he does have electricity. he has a television. we're just hoping that he does have some heat in this bunker that's underneath the ground because it does get very cold here at night and in the morning. guys, back to you. >> gretchen: craig, thanks so much
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